What is a GMO, anyway?

What is a GMO, anyway?

Genetically Modified Organisms and You Spring is finally kicking Winter out of the beds around here…and Revellie is here to spread some of her wisdom just in time for the warmer weather. (it snowed on Saturday, BTW)   Image: Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net This month we are going to move into the kitchen for the blog. The garden has to wait for the last frost to pass. Chickens and Turkeys aren’t born yet (still in the incubator) and I want Josh to help me write the blog on goats. We have been trying to eliminate GMO food products (Genetically Modified Organism). Luckily this is most processed food so since we don’t buy too much of that to begin with we are pretty safe. However, when it comes to things like peanut butter, jam, bread, etc we have to be more careful. I make as much as I can at home and look for organic or non-GMO labeled foods. (on a side note, please be aware that companies that use GMO do not want companies that do not to have the right to label food as “non-GMO”). What is a GMO? GMO plants have been altered to take on a specific trait. For example corn has been genetically altered to produce its own pesticide. This is weird because I never thought of my food as needing a dual purpose…”hmmm you know what would make this corn on the cob even better? The ability to kill bugs.” What foods to stay away from? soy, corn, and sneaky products made from them (ascobic acid, lecithin, vegetable oils, Baking Powder Cellulose, Ethyl acetate, Fructose, Fumaric Acid, Gluten, Invert Sugar,...

The New Apprentice

I’m willing to admit yesterday was a bit of a tirade…all talk, no answers. So, now what? What would that look like if we all worked together in a collaborative effort toward a collective goal? I don’t have the answer, and please don’t go all socialism on me. I’m talking about something way beyond capitalism and entrepreneurship, I’m talking – feed the hungry, figure out Tesla’s wireless energy, clean drinking water across the globe, no more sick babies. Peace. This entire conversation started because I wanted to talk about lost skills – apprenticeship, and mentoring. I seem to have found a soapbox somewhere along the way….but maybe it really does start back at the beginning. Maybe that’s where we got off track. We started valuing our “stuff” and that meant longer hours, more independent thinking, less collaboration, more animosity, more money. I don’t think we have much to lose by starting back at the beginning, with simple skills, the labor of our heritage. Maybe we’ll find what we’ve been looking for in a home-baked loaf of bread that cost 1000% less than what it does at the grocery store. Maybe inner peace will come from the sore muscles of building a bee keeping box. Maybe. Seriously, what do we have to lose? Here are a few ideas to get you started. Save Our Skills. Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

The Apprentice

No, not the TV show with wild-haired Trump. Although, maybe it is about him too. When was the last time the world had a truly impactful person? Someone so committed to their cause they caused a speed bump in history? Nelson Mandela? Born 1918 Gandhi? Born 1869 Mother Theresa? Born 1910 Nikola Tesla? Born 1856 Martin Luther King Jr? Born 1929 What am I missing? Two whole generations of people have existed without a notable historical figure? What was it about the turn of the century generation that yielded phenomenal world-changers? Have we lost touch with the essence of what we’re capable of, or have we just done it all? I wonder if it’s because we’re now a generation of DIYers. We’ve become individuals to the point we don’t even have to socially interact anymore. We can accomplish every daily task via text, email, or facebook. I’m making a massive left turn here, so I hope you’re seatbelted in…but would we have to learn social skills on the other side of a disaster? This subject keeps coming up for me, and I can help but pay attention every time i get poked in the eye with it. For the first time ever, we can communicate with anyone in the world on an instantaneous level, but is it making us less connected because we’re communicating without the niceties of formal letters, face-to-face, or with a few minutes to cool off between interactions? Apprenticing used to be the way to learn anything. Shadowing a mentor, learning their craft, picking up on the nuances that made them great. Now we’re all re-inventing the...